Commissioner, council discuss road classifications

Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

County Commissioner Ben Montzka updated the Wyoming City Council about Chisago County road projects for 2014 at the council’s Jan. 21 meeting.

County State Aid Highway 30 will be reconstructed this summer between Viking Boulevard and CSAH 19 in Stacy. Chisago County is preparing to bid the estimated $2.4 million project Feb. 11, he reported.

Montzka said Chisago County is evaluating county roads as part of the overall transportation system. Some county roads serve more as city streets, but by designation, maintenance falls to the county. Montzka said the function of the roads and how much traffic they carry should determine classification.

Commissioners are aiming to equitably spend county transportation dollars through county districts, he said, and over time this may result in turning back some roads to cities.

Driver ed program

Public Safety Director Paul Hoppe has chosen to suspend the city’s participation in Chisago County’s driver education programs for traffic violators.

A judge recently ruled that a similar program in Wabasha County was unauthorized and in violation of state law. Wyoming will wait until the Minnesota Legislature clears up the legality of such programs.

Water quality grant

The Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District approved a service agreement for 2014 for technical services and water monitoring with Washington County Conservation District.

The watershed district board approved a 2014 DNR Boat Launch Inspection Program grant application in association with Chisago County. The cost of the program is $30,000 and the grant request is for $5,000. A joint powers agreement with Chisago County was approved, and the organization is seeking one with Washington County so any funds obtained can be applied to keeping lakes in the county clear of invasive species.

Other business

The council also:

– Approved the appointment of Claire Luger to the Wyoming Economic Development Authority.

– Granted an application to conduct off-site gambling to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which will use the raffle as a fundraiser April 12 at Stars and Strikes Entertainment Center.